Mercedes-AMG Confirms It Is Putting Its Formula 1 Engine In A Supercar, We Can’t Contain Our Excitement

Mercedes-AMG Confirms It Is Putting Its Formula 1 Engine In A Supercar, We Can’t Contain Our Excitement

Whatever it was you got for your birthday, we bet it wasn’t an F1-engined supercar.

That’s what AMG is getting for its 50th, though. After a slightly hush-hush development period, the cat slipped out of the bag at the Belgian Grand Prix at the weekend when an AMG source confirmed the car’s existence.

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Details are extremely scarce at the moment – we don’t even know what it will look like – but the general consensus is that the car will use a version of the engine that’s powering Mercedes-AMG to the front of the Formula 1 grid at the moment.

That means a 1.6-litre, V6 turbo producing around 700hp and a battery system with kinetic energy recovery worth around 300hp.

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With a power-to-weight ratio target of 1hp per 1kg, AMG has plenty of weight to play with as a modern F1 car weighs just 700kg.

Although the road car will be needing comfortable seats, some kind of cooling system and some way of starting the engine that doesn’t require a team of mechanics, that should mean it’ll have to rely on plenty of exotic materials such as carbon fibre, titanium and silicon carbide.

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Oddly, this will be the second F1-derived supercar revealed in the past six weeks, following the unveiling of the Aston Martin/Red Bull collaboration AM-RB001. Curiously, AMG’s parent company Daimler owns a stake in Aston Martin as part of a technical partnership.

We just wish Renault had been mad enough to put its F1-derived supercar into production 20 years ago…

We’ll see you in the queue.

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